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In spite of the economic uncertainty around the 
globe, your College exudes vitality. Thanks to 
you as LVC ambassadors, mentors, and volun- 
teers, and the efforts and changes made on cam- 
pus, we see many encouraging signs. The careers 
and activities of the 18 people highlighted in this 
President s Report provide additional evidence 
that the College is headed in the right direction. 
They were nominated by a former professor or 
administrator because they were campus leaders 
during their time at LVC. As you will see from 
their stories, they remain leaders in their careers 
and communities. 

This fall, we opened with our largest total 
enrollment in three years. The College also has 
received a record number 
of applications for the 
approaching fall semester 
and remains on course 
to achieve its full-time 
undergraduate enrollment 
goal of 1,700 students by 
the fall 2013 semester. 
Fully realizing that an 
increase in the number 
of applications in no way 
guarantees a corresponding 
increase in enrollment, 
the College community 
is working tirelessly to ensure that the most- 
qualified applicants enroll and succeed at LVC. 
In order to reach the dual Strategic Plan goals of 
enrolling 1,700 students and achieving an 88 



percent freshman-to-sophomore retention rate 
by the fall 2013 semester, College faculty and 
administrators have developed several partner- 
ships to enhance and improve efforts toward 
achieving these goals. 

In addition, with the guidance and expertise of 
the Colleges Board of Trustees, we have redefined 
our Office of College Relations as marketing and 
communications to enable us to be proactive in the 
rapidly changing, competitive environment of 
American higher education. In the coming year, 
we will invite you to participate in a process to 
help shape our brand and the communication 
tools and messages that best exemplify who we are. 

Three recendy established partnerships are 
already having an impact toward these goals. 
The Colleges Community Service program 
experienced an increase of more than 2,000 
volunteer hours contributed by our students to 
the community in the past two academic years 
(13,344 to 15,683 volunteer hours). The students 
represented 51 student organizations, athletic 
teams, academic departments, and special interest 
residence communities. Several new initiatives were 
implemented including the establishment of the 
Gold Community Service Awards for students 
serving more than 100 hours during the academic 
year; 10 students achieved this distinction in year one. 

Academic affairs and student affairs teamed 
up to establish a new program to recognize 
outstanding first-year students. More than 160 
students were honored in a campus reception to 
recognize and celebrate their success and to help 



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foster their continued development. Nominations 
were submitted by faculty and staff for students 
who stood out in the classroom, in their work 
with classmates, as student leaders, in on-campus 
employment, and on the athletic fields. 

High impact research and internship participa- 
tion are an important part of the LVC experience. 
The establishment of The Edward H. Arnold and 
Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential 
Education will provide greater opportunities for 
student-faculty research, independent student 
summer research, and independent student intern- 
ships. The program will award up to $50,000 
annually through a competitive process. 

"These grants will help remove financial impedi- 
ments and enable students to pursue research 
and internship opportunities they could not 
previously consider due to their personal economic 
situation," noted Dr. Ed Arnold H'87. "The 
program will enable faculty to engage students in 
research across the curriculum and possibly open 
new avenues of exploration previously unconsid- 
ered," added Dr. Jeanne Arnold H'08. 

Collaborative student-faculty research has 
grown exponentially since the late Dr. Tony 



"We are among the top three percent in the nation 
in our category for Average Freshman Retention 
Rate and were also recognized as a national leader in 
important indicators of academic quality." 



Neidig '43, H'04 established one of the nations 
first undergraduate student-faculty research 
programs in 1948 at LVC. For the first time, 
the College hosted an undergraduate research 
conference in February aimed at highlighting 
and promoting research in the social sciences and 
humanities. More than 60 faculty and students 
from six colleges presented their work in response 
to the conference theme, "Social Challenges for 
the 21st Century." In addition, the History and 
Political Science Department awarded its first 
departmental honors in more than 10 years 
when Charles McElwee '1 1 was recognized for 
his research on Hazletons illegal immigration 
ordinance and the city's history of ethnic and racial 
relations. In the summer of 2009, the Chemistry 
Department, in the true spirit of Dr. Neidig, 
participated in Research First, a new program 



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LETTER^H** ike, PRESIDENT 




LVC students volunteered 15,683 
hours in the community last year. 



that provides opportunities for incoming LVC 
freshmen to work with student-faculty research 
teams during the summer before their freshman 
year of college; four students participated in the 
first year. 

Last year, our students once again developed 
strong leadership skills by hosting the fifth annual 
Music Industry Conference, the third annual 
Social Justice Institute, and the first Hispanic 
Heritage Month celebration, among other 
major events. 

Student-faculty research and collaboration 
extended to the national level as well. Stephen 
Campbell '1 1 and David Weik '11 ranked 
among the nations top mathematics students 
through their impressive performances in the 
annual William Lowell Putnam 
Mathematics Competition, the most 
prestigious undergraduate mathemati- 
cal competition in North America. 
Curt Cenci '11 and Laura Snyder *1 1 
co-authored a research paper with their 
professors, as part of the Mathematical 
Physics Research Group, which has 
been accepted for publication in 
Quantum Information and Computation. 
The research group has been sup- 
ported by successive National Science 
Foundation grants and was one of 
only 14 grantees nationally this past 
summer. 

The success of such collaborations 
can also be realized by the College s 
ability to place graduates at the nations top 
research institutions. The Class of 2010 had stu- 
dents accepted to doctoral programs at Ohio State 
University, Princeton University, Duquesne 
University, University of Pittsburgh, Johns 
Hopkins University, and The University of 
Virginia, among others. 

Several academic departments experienced 
change and external recognition as well. The 
Department of Business and Economics was 



awarded initial accreditation by the Accreditation 
Council for Business Schools and Programs. 
Only 25 percent of undergraduate programs 
achieve this accreditation. To meet emerging 
industry and societal expectations, the Colleges 
MBA program added a new healthcare concen- 
tration, the Department of Foreign Languages 
became the Department of Languages, and the 
Department of History and Political Science 
added a new International Studies major and 
minor to become the Department of History, 
Political Science, and International Studies. 

The College was noted with distinction in 
U.S. News & World Reports 2010 edition of 
Americas Best Colleges. LVC is ranked #2 in 
the North in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" 
category. We are among the top three percent in 
the nation in our category for Average Fresh- 
man Retention Rate (meaning the percentage of 
freshman students who return for their sophomore 
year) and were also recognized as a national 
leader in important indicators of academic quality 
by other respected educational publications, 
including Forbes, Washington Monthly, and The 
Princeton Review. 

It was a year of anniversaries with Wig and 
Buckle celebrating its 75th season, Alpha Phi 
Omega celebrating its 50th year on campus, and 
Dr. Mark Mecham being honored for his 20th 
year as director of the LVC Concert Choir. More 
than 400 students, faculty, alumni, and guests 
surprised Mark at the annual Spring Home 
Concert. Nearly 100 Concert Choir alumni sang 
a special piece in his honor. 

The success of our student-athletes was evident 
when four teams competed in their respective 
NCAA Championships, two teams revived 
their sport after more than a quarter century of 
dormancy, and a team was recognized nationally 
for the strength of its academics. Women s vol- 
leyball and softball participated in their second 
NCAA Championship tournaments, women's 
basketball earned a program-first berth in the 



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The Allan W Mund College Center is undergoing a $133 million renovation/addition. See www.lvc.edu/mund 
for updates, pictures, and a live webcam. 



NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, and 
field hockey, ranked #1 in the country for part 
of the season, added to its school record with 
a 16th appearance in the NCAA Field Hockey 
Championships. Softball was also ranked fourth 
in the country for academics, and women's 
basketball set an attendance record during their 
third annual Pink Zone game to support breast 
cancer research. 

Men's and women's lacrosse enjoyed successful 
seasons taking to the Arnold Stadium field for 
the first time since the 1970s. They look to add 
to the lacrosse players who are already enshrined 
in the recently opened LVC Athletic Hall of 
Champions at the Arnold Sports Center. The 
former "big blue wall" located outside the gym 
entrance has been transformed into a series of 
large glass trophy cases, along with an historical 
mural and a ribbon listing the College's All 
Americans. 

The new Athletic Hall of Champions was 
just one project undertaken during this period. 
The College broke ground for the $13.3 million 
renovation/addition of the Allen W. Mund College 
Center and completed a $2.3 million exterior 
restoration project on the Administration Build- 
ing/Humanities Center. The restoration earned 
a 2010 Award of Excellence from the Central 
Pennsylvania Business Journal. LVC's newest 
residence hall, Stanson Hall, earned an Award of 
Merit in the same competition. 



The past year has also been one of sadness with 
the death of admired friends and colleagues. The 
College lost Lou Sorrentino '54, a legendary 
name in LVC athletics with nearly 60 years of 
involvement with the College, first as a star 
student-athlete and later as a 
coach of four sports and ath- 
letic director; Stan Furmanak, 
systems and reference librar- 
ian emeritus; and Dr. Anna 
Dunkle Faber McVay '48, 
professor emerita of English. 

In conclusion, I wish to 
express my heartfelt appre- 
ciation to our most recent 
retirees: Dr. Sidney Pollack, 
professor emeritus of biology, 
Rev. Timothy Dewald, as- 
sistant professor of mathematical sciences; Elaine 
Feather, director emerita of graduate studies and 
continuing education; and Juliana Wolfe, direc- 
tor emerita of the Shroyer Health Center. They 
served the College well for many decades and 
will always be part of our family. 




Mens and womens lacrosse competed in 
the MAC for the first time since the 1970s. 




Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald, President 



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Leadership: The Highest Form of Service 

Whether helping to find a cure for cancer or inspiring 
athletes to cross the finish line, Lebanon Valley College 
alumni and students make a difference. 



Leaders lead by example, 
whether intended or not. 
For these outstanding 
LVC graduates — and one 
soon-to-be alumnus — 
the path toward greatness 
began in Annville. The former students 
profiled here — all of whom were 
nominated as student leaders by LVC 
faculty and administrators — have been 
inspired to make their mark on the 
world by the education they received 



at LVC and by the support and friend- 
ships they found here. 

While some have pursued graduate 
education, moving on to become doctors 
and experts in their fields, others have 
dedicated their lives to helping in their 
local communities. Though scattered 
around the world, all remember the 
impact their friends, teachers, and 
classmates made on their lives. Here 
are their stories. 



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Survival Instincts: Seeking a Cure 

For three summers, Mary Olanich, Ph.D., '05 conducted 
research in the LVC Biology, Psychology, and Chemistry 
departments. During her first summer, she worked with 
Dr. Dale Erskine, chair and professor of biology, Dr. Stacy 
Goodman, professor of biology and Dr. Deanna Dodson, 
professor of psychology, in an interdisciplinary project 
investigating putative sex differences — in rats. While this 
may seem like a far cry from the important work she's do- 
ing to find a cure for cancer, Olanich says her early experi- 
ence in the science lab inspired her to become a researcher. 

"In subsequent summers," Olanich says, "I had the 
opportunity to work with Dr. Stephen Williams and 
Dr. Sidney Pollack [professors emeritus of biology] in 
the Biology Department, and with Dr. Walter Patton 
[associate professor of chemistry] in the Chemistry De- 
partment. Dr. Patton was my primary research mentor 
at LVC, and his training provided me with a powerful 
foundation in biochemistry and molecular biology 
laboratory skills and techniques." 

Although Olanich had a long-standing interest in 
science, she always thought she would become a physician. 
"Fortunately, however, the science professors at LVC 
recognized that I might have potential as a research scientist, 
and they offered me positions as a summer research 
assistant," she says. "I jumped at the opportunity not 
knowing that it would so profoundly affect my future." 

Participation in LVC s summer research program re- 
directed this science lovers career path. "I enrolled as a 
freshman who thought she was going to complete her B.S., 
continue on to medical school, and become a practicing 
clinician," Olanich says. "However, my experiences in the 
lab changed my mind. I learned that research in a lab is not 
only about using your head, but also using your hands." 

By her senior year, Olanich s professors encouraged 
her to apply for a Fulbright fellowship at the prestigious 
Universite Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. "My 
Fulbright research allowed me to fuse my fondness of 
molecular biology with my longstanding interest in 
human disease, and it became very clear to me that I 
wanted to pursue research," says Olanich, who later 
completed her Ph.D. in molecular oncology at the 
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. 

Today, Olanich is a post-doctoral research fellow at 
the Center for Cancer Research in Bethesda, Md. She 



studies the molecular signals that affect blood stem cells 
seen in a variety of human leukemias, and is currendy 
working to find ways to isolate cancer genes for study. 
"I had no idea that I would fall in love with bench sci- 
ence," says Olanich. "I certainly had no idea then that 
the love affair would endure and lead me to become a 
research scientist in molecular oncology. 

"I have found my niche as a molecular cancer researcher," 
she adds, "and I owe it all to research at LVC." 



Animal Magnetism: An Equine Life 

Julia Wolfe, D.V.M., '03 also loves science. A former 
president of the Beta Beta Beta (BBB) biology honor society, 
Wolfe now works as an equine veterinarian and lecturer at 
the New Bolton Center, the large animal campus of the 
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. 

"I completed my residency in July 201 0," says Wolfe, 
who works with animals and students in the career LVC 
helped shape. About her time at LVC, she says "I enjoyed 
helping other students learn anatomy and really enjoyed 
working with Dr. Paul VGblf [professor emeritus of biology] ." 

At LVC, Wolfe also was a comparative anatomy lab 
assistant, an active member of the German Club, and in 
2001 was inducted into Phi Sigma Iota, the Department 
of Languages honor society. "All of my experiences 
helped me learn how to work well with others, gain 
leadership experience, and strive toward further learning," 
says Wolfe. "I remember working in the Quittapahilla 
Nature Park with local agriculture specialists and BBB 
members building embankments and helping prevent 
erosion of the creek bed. It was a great team effort and 
we really made a huge difference in the local environment." 

Wolfe put these lessons to good use by continuing 
her education after becoming a veterinarian and a 
member of the Penn Vet team. Wolfe passed her ABVP 
(American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) Equine 
Practice Specialty Boards in November 2010. "I learned 
that through working with others and being organized 
and motivated, we could achieve our goals as a group 
and individually," she says. "My leadership experiences 
have taught me to be patient, organized, self-motivated, 
and creative. I have learned that any obstacle can be 
overcome and any goal can be achieved with support, 
self-confidence, and motivation." 



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All in the Family: 

Leadership and a Future Spouse 

Dan Post '99 credits LVC with teaching him the skills 
needed for a successful career in business and for in- 
troducing him to his future wife, Allison "Alii" Henry 
Post '98, '00. 

"Alii graduated with two degrees and was involved 
on campus as a pitcher for the sofrball team, member 
of the Spanish Club, and a Lebanon Valley Education 
Partnership mentor for high school students," says 
Post. "It is amazing to think that we will be celebrating 
our 10-year anniversary this summer." 

"I loved being involved in campus life. I participated 
in many activities for which I had a passion and 
took on roles that helped me develop into a leader." 

The couple recendy returned from a journey to 
China to adopt a baby girl. "That's number four for us, 
the oldest of whom just turned six years old," says Post. 
"We love our crazy life, and we always remember the 
place that brought us together." 

Post currendy works as a vice president and actuary 
at The Hartford in Connecticut — a career for which 
LVC prepared him well. At LVC, Post served as presi- 
dent of the Math Club, vice president of music for the 
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, president of 
the Concert Choir, and artistic director for the musical 
Into the Woods. "I loved being involved in campus life," 
says Post. "I participated in many activities for which I 
had a passion and took on roles that helped me develop 
into a leader." 

These days, Post leads a team responsible for ensuring 
that his company has sufficient reserves to cover pro- 
jected insurance claims. Post gives credit to his experi- 
ences in LVC s student-led organizations for helping 
equip him for this high-profile leadership position. 

"In my profession, you need to have a mathemati- 
cal proficiency and ability to learn quickly to advance 
through the series of actuarial exams," he says. "You also 
need to have a leadership proficiency to advance to roles 
with higher responsibility. The ability to get involved in 
several organizations at LVC, help set their direction, 
and lead my fellow students, gave me valuable experi- 



ence that I could draw on early in my career. It was a 
natural transition for me to lead project teams once I 
joined the workforce." 



The Sporting Life: Softball Star 
Turned Athletic Doctor 

"Participating in softball taught me a lot of important 
life lessons, particularly how to be a productive part of a 
team, and how to be a leader and rise to that expectation 
when the time came," says Amy Zellers, M.D., '00. 

A former starting pitcher for the Dutchmen who led 
the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 
in games saved during her senior season, Zellers is now 
a family physician with Kambic Family Practitioners in 
Steelton. A primary care sports medicine specialist, she 
also works with the PinnacleHealth Spine Institute in 
Harrisburg and is among the team of physicians treat- 
ing players for the Big 33 annual football all-star game 
and the Harrisburg City Islanders professional soccer 
team. She is also a team physician for LVC and the 
Central Dauphin and Harrisburg school districts. 

"I had played softball since I was six, and it was such a 
huge part of my life," says Zellers. "I loved being a part 
of the LVC team and some of my former teammates are 
still my closest friends." 

"Participating in softball taught me a lot of important 
life lessons, particularly how to be a productive part 
of a team, and how to be a leader and rise to that 
expectation when the time came." 

Zellers credits lessons learned on the LVC softball 
field for equipping her with the determination to 
pursue medicine as a career. "I'm a very competitive 
person, so realizing that winning wasn't everything 
was not the most pleasant lesson to learn," she admits. 
"However, during some of our rough seasons, we 
learned how to pick each other up and hold our heads 
up — even in defeat." 

With plenty of hard work — on the field and off — 
Zellers and her teammates turned a losing streak into a 
winning one, clinching several important games along 



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Dr. AmyZellers '00 




the way. And by the time Zellers reached her senior 
season, she was a key player on a winning team. 

"This type of perseverance is important in any career, 
particularly when you enter medicine," she says. "There 
are so many diseases and conditions that we can't cure. 
Its sometimes easy to want to give up — even when you do 
everything that you can and you know it wont be enough 
for some patients. But knowing there are so many others 
that we can help — and that medicine is changing with 
advances being made every day — pushes me toward the 
forefront and encourages me not to give up." 

When Zellers wasn't striking out batters, she participated 
in LVC s Best Buddies program, where she partnered with 
Bruce, a young man with Down syndrome. "Some of my 
roommates would bring him to my softball games and 
we would play catch afterward," she remembers. "I had 
participated as a staff member in the Challenger Little 
League in my hometown, which was a baseball league for 
kids with special needs. It was something that I always 
enjoyed doing, and I was glad that LVC offered a similar 
opporuinity." 



Zellers also was a campus biology tutor and anatomy 
lab assistant. She joined any club that had to do with 
pre-med and balanced intense studies with lifeguarding 
and managing the swim team. What is probably most 
surprising is that she has come full circle and is now herself 
treating student-athletes at LVC. "I love still having the 
opportunity to be a part of the LVC community." 



International Relations: 
Paris via Annville 

In her senior year, class president Beth Paul Saunier '98 
was probably one of LVC s best-known students on 
campus. A student member of the LVC Board of 
Trustees, secretary of Student Government, cheerleader, 
and member of the College Democrats, Saunier always 
wanted to make an impact in the world. 

"All the leadership positions shaped my ability to 
deal with others in a professional manner, enhanced my 



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diplomacy skills and ability to make my case persua- 
sively, and taught me when to fight the fight and when 
to walk away," says Saunier, who now makes her home 
in Paris with her husband and two young daughters. 

Saunier is the owner of BPS Tax Services, a boutique 
consulting firm specializing in U.S. taxation for clients 
living overseas and the interaction between the U.S. and 
French tax systems as it relates to individuals, trusts, and 
estates. Saunier — who also teaches at the prestigious 
French business school ESSEC — admits she often remi- 
nisces about her years at LVC, especially the time spent 
with her sorority sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau. She also 

"All the leadership positions shaped my ability 
to deal with others in a professional manner, 
enhanced my diplomacy skills and ability to 
make my case persuasively, and taught me when 
to fight the fight and when to walk away." 

fondly remembers professors such as Dr. Mary Pettice, 
associate professor of English; Dr. John Norton, profes- 
sor emeritus of political science; and Dr. David Lasky, 
professor emeritus of psychology; as well as Dave Newell, 
then student affairs advisor, and Rosemary Yuhas, dean 
of student affairs. 

Saunier also was an LVC resident assistant, an expe- 
rience that she says helped forge her leadership path. 
"It wasn't easy," she says. "I had to be dorm pal and en- 
forcer of campus policy. This experience taught me that 
being likable as a person is not necessarily incompatible 
with also being serious and dedicated to your job, even 
when you need to take an unpopular stance or tell a 
client what they don t want to hear." 

She admits she carried these lessons with her through 
law school at Temple University in Philadelphia and 
into her move overseas to marry her husband, a Erench 
national. "I learned skills such as communication, good 
presentation, time management, how to make conversa- 
tion with people, and how to be comfortable in my 
own skin," says Saunier, who is admitted to practice in 
Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

While Paris may seem far away from her roots in 
central Pennsylvania, there isn't a day that goes by 
that Saunier doesn't think back fondly on her years at 
LVC — and the opportunities they provided her in the 
City of Light. 



The Sound of Music: 
Singer Takes Center Stage 

When Darnell A. Epps '08 was a student at LVC, he 
followed his heart — and his voice — and on the way, 
learned how to be a leader. 

"I've been around gospel music my entire life and 
definitely wanted to continue to express myself through 
this style," says Epps, who was music director and 
pianist for LVCs Voices of Spirit Choir during his college 
career. "As music director, I was able to share my experi- 
ences with the choir by teaching them different styles 
and traveling with them to my home church so they 
could experience gospel music first hand." 

Gospel music wasn't Epps' only love, however. He 
auditioned for and was accepted into LVC s prestigious 
Concert Choir in his freshman year. He served as the 
groups president during his junior year. 

"I heard that the Concert Choir had a great reputation," 
admits Epps, "so I decided to audition. To my surprise, 
I passed the audition and sang with the group all four 
years at LVC. After my first year, I auditioned for the 
Chamber Choir. That was an outstanding opportunity 
to sing with a small group of extremely talented singers." 

Between class and music practice, Epps also worked 
as a Valley Ambassador, guiding prospective students 
and their parents around campus. 

"I love LVC, so it was very easy to show off the campus 
to visitors," says Epps. "I also enjoyed telling them about 
all of the exciting ways to get involved in campus life." 

Epps says he's applied many of the lessons he learned in 
LVC s Admission Office to his current job as an admission 
counselor at Stevenson University in Stevenson, Md. 

"Working as a Valley Ambassador gave me the work 
experience that I needed as an admissions counselor," 
says Epps. "Keo Oura Kounlavong, an admission 
counselor at LVC, and Tami Morgan, the admission 
receptionist, were two key individuals in my profes- 
sional development. They taught me a great deal about 
working with prospective students and their families. 
I learned how to interact with all different kinds of 
people. I learned how to lead by example and to follow 
as well." 

Looking back on his years in Annville, Epps names 
his trip to Austria and Hungary during the Concert 
Choir s Central European Performance Tour in the 



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summer of 2007 a major highlight and one he recalls 
when discussing the importance of campus life with 
high school seniors. "I remember singing 'The Water is 
Wide' one evening while cruising on the waters of the 
Danube," says Epps. "We also traveled to Georgia in 
the spring of 2006 with stops in Maryland, Virginia, 
and South Carolina. Dr. Mark Mecham, the director of 
the choir, was one of my favorite professors. His energy, 
passion, and commitment to the choir made it a joy to 
sing every time we were together." 




Darnell A. Epps V8 




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Carrying a Tune: A Music Grad 
Travels 9,000 Miles 

Its almost 9,000 miles from Annville to Auckland, New 
Zealand, but, if you ask Douglas L. Nyce '89> the trip 
has been swift thanks to his invaluable experiences as an 
undergraduate at LVC. 

"I learned to work hard and smart," says Nyce, who 
now heads the music department at Auckland's Aorere 
College. "I learned how to manage and lead effectively, 
how to bring people together around a common goal, 
and how to manage my time and prioritize to make 
myself as effective a leader as possible." 

It was all about "the joy of involvement," admits 
Nyce, "and making things happen." 

Nyce made a lot of things happen during his tenure 
at LVC. Not only did he serve as president of Student 
Council, he was also a student member of the Board of 
Trustees for two years, president of Concert Choir, vice 
president and pledge-master of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, 
and member of Alpha Phi Omega. He was also a 
member of the Presidential Search Committee that recom- 
mended the hiring of the late Dr. John Synodinos — 
one of LVC's most beloved presidents. 

Nyce, who was the College s first Allen W. Mund Jr. 
scholar, also played in the Jazz and Concert bands, 
sang in the College Chorus, and performed in Wig and 
Buckle productions at the Mund College Center. Ad- 
ditionally, he was co-head resident assistant of Funk- 
houser Hall with John Brenner '90, who went on to 
become York (Pa.) mayor from 2001 to 2009. 

Nyce says he owes much of his success as an educator 
to the leadership skills he learned at LVC, and during 
experiences teaching in central Pennsylvania before 
moving to the land of Kiwis. 

"I've continued my involvement professionally and 
as a volunteer," says Nyce, who's active in politics as 
a union member and representative. These days, he's 
proud to be the musical director at St. Heliers Pres- 
byterian Church, and he sings and acts with the New 
Zealand National Opera Company. 

A few vivid images stand out when he remembers his 
college days. He spent many nights studying scores in the 
basement of the library and feverishly writing papers in the 
computer lab. "I often felt as if I lived in Blair, Mund, and 
Gossard [now Bishop]," says Nyce says with a smile. 



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Field Work: Mixing Chemistry 
and Volleyball 

Wayne Perry '78, a former member of Alpha Phi 
Omega and now a chemist, leads the analytical method 
development group for Bayer Healthcare in Myerstown, 
but anyone who follows LVC women's volleyball knows 
Perry better as the head coach who has led the women 
to victory since 1986. 

"Coaching our women's volleyball team has been 
truly inspiring for me," says Perry. "I never would have 
imagined how rewarding teaching volleyball and leading 
these players could be. I still can't believe all the friend- 
ships, rivalries, and precious moments that have defined 
our program's success over the years." 

Since 2008, Perry has led the team to three consecutive 
Middle Atlantic Commonwealth Conference Cham- 
pionships and three consecutive NCAA tournament 
appearances. "We're the first LVC team to win three 



Douglas L. Nyce '89 (above) conducts the Sweet Sixteen in 
Auckland at a ceremony honoring New Zealand's gold-medal 
winning Olympians, (left) Nyce poses with former student 
Awhina Waimotu holding the New Zealand Choral Federation 
Maori Performer Award. 

consecutive championships and this year we made it to 
the NCAA Championship Round of 32," he adds with 
pride. Perry admits he was always inspired to turn the 
team into champions after winning his first match way 
back in 1986. 

Perry, who has led his team to an impressive 10-con- 
secutive 20-win seasons, also notes other inspirational 
victories, including the 1995 team defeating the Coast 
Guard Academy, then-ranked 14th in the nation, 
in the finals of their own tournament and the 2004 
team beating Salisbury University in a five-game 
thriller. However, when pushed to choose his all-time 
favorite victory, Perry chose a match won by the 
current Dutchmen — defeating Elizabethtown 
College in the 2009 conference finals. 

As a biology major at LVC, Perry worked 
hard in the classroom and in student organiza- 
tions like Beta Beta Beta and the Biology Club. 
"I also worked in the cafeteria to make money 
for school," he says, becoming the leader of the 
student cafeteria workers during his senior year. 

"This was the first situation in my life where I 
had to lead a large group of people," says Perry. 
"I had to deal with many different personali- 
ties and attitudes while trying to organize 
our workers. I learned a lot and realized I 



| 14 Lebanon Valley college 



liked a leadership role." As a leader, Perry inspires others. 
One of Perry's players, Emily Perkins '11, says Coach 
Perry, and the sense of camaraderie that he built among 
her teammates over her four years on the team, were 
central forces in her education. "The experience has 
helped shape my future career in extremely positive 
ways," says Perkins, who will soon be an accountant. 
"Thanks to LVC and being a part of these campus 
groups and activities, I already have a job lined up with 
an accounting firm." 

Perkins is currently an intern at an accounting firm 
in Lititz. "I learned that being involved in many activi- 
ties really helps to make you a well-rounded person 
and stand out among many people," she says. "The 
most memorable moments for me were always with the 
volleyball team. Winning the conference three years in 
a row and doing something that no other LVC team 
has ever done was really great." Perkins credits Perry's 
leadership as a key factor in her career and those of her 
fellow seniors Michelle Little, Emily Hopkins, Jess Raber, 
and Joelle Snyder. 

Perry agrees that this group of players is special. 
"They won the three championships because everyone 
got along so well and worked together so seamlessly. 
It was as if they could read each others minds." 

As a two-year team captain, Little says she 



will always remember the first time the team went to 
the NCAA tournament at Juniata College in Hunt- 
ingdon. Perry, Little says, taught the team important 
lessons about hard work both on and off the court. 
"I learned a lot about building relationships and 
communicating well," says the senior, who will soon 
marry and relocate to New England to pursue a career 
in higher education. "I think that these skills will help 
so much when I leave LVC." 



Audio Prescriptions: Soothing 
Children through Music 



From religious organizations to the marching band, 
Sarah White '05 can list as many as a dozen activities on 
her LVC resume. So many varied experiences inspired 
the music recording technology major on her current path. 

"Being part of Down to Earth services was a way for 
me to continue to grow in my faith and also serve as a 
musician," says White, who is now a music therapist at 
the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a position she 
has held since 2009. 

As a music therapist, I use music to achieve non- 
musical goals," says White, who went back to school 
in 2007 to earn a masters degree in music therapy 



(L to r.): Joelle Snyder '11, 
Michelle Link '11, Emily 
Perkins '11, Wayne Perry 78, 
Emily Hopkins '11, and 
Jess Raber '11 




from Drexel University. "In the hospital, that can mean 
using music to support a patient coping with hospi- 
talization and offering them an outlet for expression 
through making music." 

White often improvises with very young patients un- 
dergoing treatment or recovering from a major illness. 
"In these cases, music is improvised using percussive or 
melodic instruments like hand drums, shakers, piano, 
guitar, and xylophone," White explains. "At times, I'll 
play music to provide distraction from pain or proce- 
dures like an IV placement or blood draw." 

She's seen first-hand the soothing impact music can 



"At times, I'll play music to provide distraction 
from pain or procedures like an IV placement or 
blood draw." 

have, even on infants. "Music can help them maintain 
calm alert states or sleep states so that they can continue 
to grow and mature in the hospital environment," she 
explains. 

White s early work as a volunteer convinced her she 
wanted to make helping people a career. "I was part of 
a youth group at home and took part in some service 




activities," she says. "I became involved with Servants of 
Christ my freshman year and went to West Virginia to help 
with the Appalachia Service Project." During her sopho- 
more year, White became president of Servants of Christ 
and helped establish a retreat house in Oneonta, N.Y. 

White also served as president of the LVC chapter of 
the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Associa- 
tion (MEISA). "My senior year was the first year for the 
Music Industry Conference to be hosted by LVC," says 
White, who was also secretary for the Audio Engineering 
Society (AES). 

When not involved in volunteer service projects, 
White participated in talent shows, served as a peer ad- 
visor, ran track, played in the College Marching Band, 
sang in the College Choir, and worked as a disc jockey 
for WLVC, the campus radio station. 

"By being a part of so many varied groups I got to 
meet so many different people, and not just my peers," 
notes White. "I also learned about fundraising and the 
importance of communication to coordinate events. 
These skills have definitely carried through to where I 
am now. My advisor Dr. Barry Hill [professor of music] 
always said I was a people person." 



A Spiritual Quest: 

A Pastor Serves His Flock 

He knew he had a religious calling, but The Rev. Dr. 
Rodney Shearer y 66 says the years he spent at LVC 
truly directed him toward his spiritual path. 

"I became active in the prayer group because of 
my wife," says Shearer. They met in the cafeteria one 
day and married soon after graduating. He was also a 
member of Student Council, several Christian organiza- 
tions, and a daily prayer gathering held in the basement 
of what was then the library. "It was clear that I was 
being called into ministry," he says. While a college 
student, Shearer moved in with a local pastor, Rev. 
Mark Hostetter '36, and his wife, Ellen. "I really came 
to love Mark and Ellen," he says. "I liked what I saw in 
him — he became a mentor." Shearer still keeps in touch 
with Rev. Hostetter, now 96, and credits his friend for 
his influence on his own life as a minister. 

"I was a history major but took a lot of courses in 
Greek," says Shearer, who says the classes helped prepare 



him for seminary. He counts Dr. Perry Troutman, pro- 
fessor emeritus of religion, as one of his most influential 
instructors. 

"I really grew at LVC," he says. "I had professors 
who were ordained ministers." He even helped plan 
Religious Emphasis Week one year. "I thought it was a 
good place to grow spiritually," says Shearer. 

Over the years, Shearer says what he learned at LVC 
helped him to serve as pastor in several churches, as 
LVC chaplain from 1976 to 1980, and as an academic 

"I really grew at LVC. I had professors who were 
ordained ministers. I thought it was a good place 
to grow spiritually." 

dean at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in My- 
erstown, where he now makes his home. Shearer still 
works part time in field education at the school. 

"Being at LVC gave me an opportunity to do and to 
lead," says Shearer. "It has some wonderful mentors to 
see, watch, and observe. I think that's the great opportu- 
nity LVC offers students — they can assume leadership. 
It's a small-enough school with enough going on so that 
students can really become involved." 



Taking a Stand: 

Hie Business of Politics 

As chief of staff for a New York State assemblyman, 
Sarah Van De Weert '06 happily remembers being a 
part of LVC s Young Republicans Club. 

"I know that my involvement with the Republican 
Club had a hand in the career path I chose and con- 
tinue to follow," says Van De Weert, who was a resident 
assistant in Keister Hall and president of the Student 
Alumni Association during her time at LVC. "It just 
made me that much more interested in government and 
politics." 

Van De Weert received her first taste of real-life 
politics at LVC when the Young Republicans Club 
volunteered for local and state campaigns. "We went 
around one year collecting petition signatures for State 
Representative Mauree Gingrich," she says. "As a thank 



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you, she came to LVC and had lunch with a few of us. I 
just remember thinking how awesome that was for her 
to do. Now that I work for an elected official, I realize 
that she went out of her way to do that." 

The young politico's interaction with Representative 
Gingrich solidified Van De Weert s interest in politics 
and her desire to be involved with local and student 
government. "My experience as a phone-a-thon caller 
inspired me to get involved with the Student Alumni 
Association," says Van De Weert. "I felt much more 
connected with alumni while working for the annual 
giving program. I was also able to develop a lot of life 
skills as a resident assistant. I probably didn't realize it 
at the time, but you learn excellent communication, 
organizational, and management skills. Living away 
from home for the first time can be very difficult for 
some young people and the resident assistant can really 
make or break your college living experience. I wanted 
to have a positive impact on someone's time away from 
home, and hopefully I did." 




When she looks back at her time at LVC, Van De 
Weert considers the experience among the best four 
years of her life — and a time that taught her to be a 
leader. "Being a part of these organizations or having 
a job on campus also helps prepare you for the world 
after graduation," she says. "College isn't just about 
going to class and earning a degree, it's about learning 
a lot outside of class, too, and developing skills that will 
ensure success after college. I know that being active on 
campus helped me prepare for the after part." 



Adding it Up: It s in the Details 

Deborah A. Tookes '07 graduated valedictorian of her 
high school class, but she says that she learned some of 
life's most important lessons at LVC. "Professors were 
always finding ways to challenge us," says Tookes. In ad- 
dition to working full-time on campus, she participated 
in the Step Squad, the Leading Educational Awareness 
for Diversity group, the business fraternity Phi Beta 
Lambda, and the Business and Economics Depart- 
ment's honor society. 

She considers having mentors one of the biggest 
advantages of life at LVC. "The more support students 
have as they progress through college," says Tookes, "the 
more likely they are to succeed." 

One of the strongest mentors with whom Tookes 
interacted with at LVC was Deborah Reimer Fullam '81, 
LVC's vice president of finance. "When I met her, I was 
intrigued by her position and the fact that she was a 
woman in her position," says Tookes, who now works 
as a forensic accountant at ParenteBeard, a regional 
accounting firm in Philadelphia. "She was always an ear. I 
could tell her anything and she always gave good advice, 
corrective criticism, and/or words of encouragement." 

Tookes says she and Fullam still stay in touch, and 
Tookes has invited Fullam to her upcoming wedding. 
"The value of relationships like these should not be 
discounted or ignored. I appreciate and will never for- 
get the impact that Deborah Fullam has had in my life 
while I was a student and now as a professional." 

Tookes first got her taste of forensic accounting in 
a class with former Professor Gail Bollinger. "I loved 
the course," she says. "When I took her class, I knew 
I'd found my niche. And I always knew that if I ever 
decided to become a professor, I would want to be just 



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like her." Tookes says the class inspired her to eventually 
pursue a master s degree and apply to firms that specialize 
in forensic accounting. "The things I learned from the 
professors at LVC set me apart from my peers." 



Legal Eagle: History to Law 

"The liberal arts education I received at LVC was very 
helpful in law school and certainly in practice," says 
John Coles '98, a partner with the Harrisburg law firm 
Rhoads & Sinon, where he focuses on corporate and 
real estate law. "To be exposed to different general edu- 
cation areas served me well. The opportunities to partic- 
ipate and hold leadership roles were also important." 

As a history student at LVC, Coles was a coordinator 
in the academic support program, mentored local high 
school students through the College s Lebanon Valley 
Education Partnership (LVEP), was a member of the 
History/Political Science/Economics Club (HyPE), and 
earned political science honors, paving the way for a 
career in law. 

"I had a very positive four years," Coles says. "Its 
hard to pick out any one particular moment. The 
college experience in general and the opportunity in a 
small campus community to get to know a lot of people 
and work closely with classmates and professors was 
helpful and very rewarding. I'm not sure I would have 
had those opportunities at a lot of other schools — the 
opportunity to be a person and not a number was 
something I sought out. That has helped me grow as a 
person and develop the skills I use every day." 



The Art of Activism: 
Affecting Change 

Standing up for important causes comes naturally for 
Ryan Kitko *05. During his junior and senior years, 
Kitko was president of Freedom Rings, a student orga- 
nization committed to fostering understanding about 
issues effecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender 
individual. As a freshman, he also helped resurrect Stu- 
dent Action for the Earth (SAFE) with Lisa Meranti '04. 
In 2002, as part of a pilot study to determine student 
interest and willingness to recycle in the residence halls, 




John Coles '98 

SAFE collected 41 cubic feet of recycled paper from 
the residence halls during the year-end move out. Kitko 
stuffed it all into his little red Honda Civic making 
several trips to the recycling center, "hoping each time 
that my car could make it up the hill going north on 
Route 934." 

Kitko, who continues his work for the environment, 
was recendy elected as vice president of the board of 
directors of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy 
(NASC), a national non-profit group dedicated to the 



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conservation of carnivorous pitcher plants. He also 
founded the Ohio Carnivorous Plant Society. 

"I currendy work as a research assistant in a micro- 
biology lab at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio," says 
Kitko, who assists biology undergraduates in molecular 
and physiological research, the results of which are 
often published in scientific journals such as PLoS ONE 
and Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 

Now bound for graduate school, Kitko says many of 
his LVC experiences have naturally extended into his 
science career. He also credits LVC with being support- 
ive when he needed an accepting community the most. 

"My career relies heavily on my ability to com- 
municate effectively and clearly, a skill I sharpened 
while cutting my teeth on student activism." 

"Organizations like Freedom Rings were there to sup- 
port me when I needed them, as was former Chaplain 
Darrell boomer, the advisor to Freedom Rings," he says. 
"We hosted events such as National Coming Out Day 
in October and signed onto the National Day of Silence 
campaign. Because of my experience with the Day of 
Silence, I joined the United States Students Associations 
Day of Silence College Leadership Team that prepared 
for the event in 2004, coordinating with other regional 
colleges planning their events. During my time as presi- 
dent of Freedom Rings, I was also on the Multicultural 
Leadership Roundtable, a program with the Multicul- 
tural Affairs Office that brought together student leaders 
to talk about multicultural issues on campus." 

Kitko also was involved with Wig and Buckle, Beta 
Beta Beta, and the Alpha Psi Omega National Honorary 
Theatre Society. He also worked with the Biology De- 
partment for two summers on paid research internships 
with Dr. Luke Huggins, former LVC professor, and 
Dr. Stephen Williams, professor emeritus of biology. 

"I also worked in the Career Center and at the Col- 
lege Center desk," says Kitko. "My career relies heavily 
on my ability to communicate effectively and clearly, a 
skill I sharpened while cutting my teeth on student ac- 
tivism. I also think that dealing with so many different 
people when working with these student organizations, 
including members, faculty mentors, and administra- 
tors, prepared me to get along and work with a wide 
variety of colleagues." 



He learned how to face adversity, as well, when 
people would protest gay-awareness events on campus. 
"In many ways, involvement in these campus groups 
was a way for me to grow as an individual in the citizen 
incubator that college can be. It turned out that my 
complementary education in leadership, communica- 
tion, and student citizenship shaped who I am today," 
says Kitko. "While I may not be on a lighting crew or 
organizing a Day of Silence anymore, I learned that stu- 
dent activism and involvement prepared me to step into 
those leadership roles in my life after LVC, whether it 
be with a national non-profit or the local gay-straight 
alliance when they needed people to tend to the booth 
at the rural county fair." 



The Writer s Life: 

Reviving the Campus Newspaper 

Like many student organizations and activities, the 
student newspaper has experienced ups and downs 
throughout its history. One such low period occurred in 
the 1970s when La Vie Collegienne had disappeared and 
several false starts on a new publication, The Quad, fal- 
tered. Despite the best efforts of the students involved, 
The Quad staff managed to publish only a handful of 
issues in the 1976-1977 and 1977-1978 school years. 

Undeterred, Paul Baker 79 and Walt Fullam '80 
made a commitment to gain credibility for the student 
newspaper by simplifying the format and publishing 
regularly during the 1978-1979 academic year. With the 
assistance of friends Bill Brown '79, Gary Whiting '80, 
Liz Steele Horbal '80, and others, they successfully 
published 12 editions in a mimeographed format. 

"We ran the paper off on the mimeograph machine 
in the campus print shop in the basement of the Ad- 
ministration Building/Humanities Center, stapled the 
pages together, and distributed it at dinner time in the 
dining hall," says Baker. "There were no photographs or 
graphics. I remember it was pretty heavy on commen- 
tary and record reviews, but the main thing was we kept 
it going. We published faithfully." 

"That year reminded me of my high school newspa- 
per career working with The Enterprise as a student at 
Archbishop Wood," says Fullam. * The Enterprise was 



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(L to r.) WaltFullam W and Paul Baker 79 



also a mimeographed paper that I helped a friend start 
in high school. That experience provided the inspiration 
for resurrecting The Quad in the same format. We knew 
it wouldn't win any design awards but the format was 
simple to produce making it easier for us to achieve our 
primary goal of turning out issues on a regular basis." 

"I think we were trying to create an identity separate 
from La Vie, to show that we were something new and 
fresh," Baker says. He recruited the aforementioned 
writers to the paper, and others, including Tracy Allgier- 
Baker '79, a girl he met in sixth grade, who became 



his future wife. They also convinced Deborah Reimer 
Fullam '81 to join the staff as a typist; she later married 
Fullam and became LVC s vice president for finance. 

Now, Baker has been a journalist for most of his 
life and is a household name in central Pennsylvania, 
thanks to more than three decades as a newspaperman 
with the Lebanon Daily News. Journalism at LVC runs 
in the Baker family, beginning with Baker s late mother, 
Barbara KilhefFer Baker '48, who wrote columns for La 
Vie Collegienne in the 1940s. 

After Bakers graduation in 1979, Fullam was deter- 



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mined to keep the paper going and turn it into a more 
professional publication rather than a mimeographed 
version. Under the guidance of new faculty advisor Dr. 
Art Ford '59, professor emeritus of English, the two 
spent the summer before Fullams senior year planning. 
The hard work resulted in the bi-weekly production of a 
traditional newspaper — one with photography, regular 
features, and more stories on newspaper stock — during 
the 1979-1980 academic year. With Fullam serving as 
managing editor, Steele returning as features editor, and 
Reimer returning as typist, the team was able to recruit 
a sports editor, Steve Miller '81, the future managing 
editor, Pam Shadel Fischer '81, and more than a dozen 
writers and photographers to help make it all work. 




"I think we were trying to create an identity separate 
from La Vie y to show that we were something new 
and fresh." 

Today, Fullam is the director of continuing education 
at The Pennsylvania State University, Berks, a position 
he has held since 1985. He oversees a variety of adult 
education programs. Fullam received a grant that runs 
until 2012 for more than $1.3 million from the U.S. 
Department of Education to support Project ISLAS 
(Increasing Second Language Learner Acquisition Skills). 

Baker, who had his first internship with the Lebanon 
Daily News during his junior year, turned that experi- 
ence into a long career with the paper and now serves 
as managing editor. "I'm still there 32 years later," he 
says. "The Quad is still here, too, although a few years 
after we graduated the staff wisely decided to restore the 
traditional name." Baker was the faculty advisor to the 
reincarnated La Vie Collegienne for several years in the 
late 1980s — when he was teaching one of the Colleges 
first journalism classes. 

Baker and Fullam share many fond memories of their 
time working on The Quad. Fullam recalled one event 
in particular. "Gary Whiting was covering a faculty 
meeting and a professor suggested the College start a 
newspaper to better communicate with students. Gary 
had to stand up and say we actually do have a news- 
paper.'" Members of the current La Vie staff will be 
pleased to learn that because of the commitment and 
effort of Baker, Fullam, and their classmates, an LVC 
student paper is not an overlooked memory. 

Education First: 
Learning the Ropes 

"Robert Harnish [manager emeritus of the LVC College 
Store] was a huge mentor for me," says Nathan Mains '94, 
former sales assistant at LVC s College Store. "He 
taught me about dealing with people and customer 
service," skills Mains would eventually apply to a career 
in education. 

Today, Mains is making a huge impact in education 
throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As 
president and state director of Communities In Schools 



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Justin Lee '11 




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of Pennsylvania, the nations largest dropout-prevention 
organization, he helps teachers, students, and families 
make important choices every day. 

"For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools 
has championed the connection of needed community 
resources with schools," Mains explains. "By bring- 
ing caring adults into the schools to address children's 
unmet needs, Communities In Schools provides the 
link between educators and the community. The result: 
Teachers are free to teach, and students — many in jeop- 
ardy of dropping out — have the opportunity to focus 
on learning." 

Mains embraced learning from an early age and 
nurtured his leadership skills at LVC as vice president 
for Alpha Phi Omega, as a drum major in the marching 
band, as chairman of the College Republicans, and as 
a resident assistant. He even starred in the musical Kiss 
Me Kate during his senior year. 

"I've always believed in being actively involved in 
community," says Mains. "Its the only way to be a part 
of solving problems and improving the world." 

Team Spirit: A New Meaning 
to Winning 

As a cornerback on LVC s football team and a sprinter 
and jumper for track and field, Justin Lee '11 learned 
all about teamwork on the field. "Athletics have always 
been part of my life, so when I had the opportunity to 
continue my athletic career," he says, "Lebanon Valley 
College was the best fit because I was able to play both 
sports I love." 

Two years ago, after losing a double overtime football 
thriller to Albright College, Lee remembers sitting on 
the sidelines vowing to do everything he possibly could 
to prevent such a loss from happening again. The next 
ofiseason, he put in endless hours of training, determined 
to help his team to victory. 

Before long, Lee was faced with a much more seri- 
ous challenge when his good friend and track team- 
mate, Nicole Gallo '12, was killed by an impaired 
driver. "This was one of the most difficult things I had 
ever had to deal with," says Lee. "I learned how valuable 
life really is and how lucky we are everyday. That track 



season was difficult for all of us because she wasn't there 
with us. As captains we decided to dedicate the season 
to her and did everything we could to motivate the 
team and help everyone get through it." 

"The teams that I have been a part of on this campus 
have allowed me to express my leadership qualities 
both verbally and through my actions. I have come to 
learn that there is more to a leader than just being on 
the football field or on the track." 



Fortunately, success was waiting for this team leader. 
Through his role on the National Student Athlete Ad- 
visory Committee (SAAC), during the NCAA National 
Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in January, Lee 
represented student athletes from the Middle Atlantic 
and Old Dominion conferences and shared opinions on 
legislation within the NCAA. "The experience showed 
me that there is more to being a student-athlete in a 
small-town private college," he says. "Being a student- 
athlete is something that not everyone has the opportunity 
to do and there is an entire association dedicated to 
providing the best for us so we have the most complete 
experience possible." 

Lees coaches find the psychology major a natural 
leader. "I became involved in LVCs chapter of SAAC 
when Coach Melissa Weidler [head coach of the mens 
and women's track and field teams] asked me to repre- 
sent the track and field team on the committee," says 
Lee. Rick Beard '90, M'92, LVC s director of athletics, 
later nominated Lee to serve SAAC at the national level. 

After Lee graduates this spring, he plans to enroll in 
graduate school to pursue a career helping young people. 
"These experiences at LVC have helped me become a 
better leader and to understand the real meaning of 
working as part of a team," he says. "The teams that I 
have been a part of on this campus have allowed me 
to express my leadership qualities both verbally and 
through my actions. I have come to learn that there is 
more to a leader than just being on the football field 
or on the track. A true leader never takes time off 
from encouraging teammates, coaches, and friends." 



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BOA 



OF TRUSTEE 




BOARD OFFICERS 

William Lehr Jr. 

Dr. Edward H. Arnold H'87 

Katherine J. Bishop 

Harry B. Yost '62 

Beth Esler Douglas 

Deborah R. Fullam '81 

James M. Mead 



Chair 
Vice Chair 
Vice Chair 
Secretary 

Assistant Secretary 
Treasurer 
Assistant Treasurer 



2009-2010 Board Members 

Kristen R. Angstadt 74, B A., M.A., Ph.D. 

Supervisor of Pupil Services, Capital Area Intermediate 
Unit #15 

Edward H. Arnold H'87, B.A., LH.D. 

Chairman, Arnold Logistics 

Katherine J. Bishop, B.A., M.S. 
President, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation 

Edward D. Breen, B.S. 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tyco Electronics 
International 

The Rev. Alfred T. Day III, B.A., M.Div. 

Senior Pastor, Historic St. George's Methodist Church 
Church in Old City Philadelphia 

Wesley T. Dellinger '75, B.S., CRS, GRI, CSP 

Director, Lebanon Operations, Brownstone Real Estate 

Geret P. DePiper '68, B.A. 

Retired Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, 
CSX World Terminals, LLC 

Ronald J. Drnevich, B.S. 

Vice Chairman of the Board and Senior Executive Vice 
President, Capital Blue Cross; Retired Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Gannett Fleming, Inc. 

James G. Glasgow '81, B.S. 

Managing Director/Portfolio Manager, Five Mile Capital 
Partners, Inc. 

Robert E. Harbaugh 74, B.A., M.D. 

Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, 
The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, 
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center 

Marc Harris, B.A., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Chemistry, LVC 

Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, B.A., M.Ed. 
Chief Executive Officer, A.S.K. Foods, Inc. 

John F. Jurasits Jr. P'03, B.S. 

Retired Vice President, Solution Technologies, Inc. 

George J. King '68, B.S., C.P.A. 

President/Chief Financial Officer, Energy Intelligence Group 



Louis B. Laguna, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Psychology, LVC 

Malcolm L. Lazin '65, B.S., J.D. 

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Equality Forum 

William Lehr Jr., B.B.A., J.D. 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Blue Cross; 
Community Volunteer; Retired Senior Vice President and 
Secretary, Hershey Foods Corp. 

Stephen C. MacDonald, B.A., Ph.D. 
President, LVC 

Megan B. McGrady '1 1 
Student Trustee, LVC 

Daniel K. Meyer '81, B.A., M.D. 

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ Robert Wood 
Johnson Medical School, Camden, and Program Director, 
Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Cooper 
University Hospital 

Carroll L "Skip" Missimer '76, 79, B.A., B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 

Global Director for Environmental Affairs, P.H. Glatfelter Company 

Brian Mund 

Independent Trader and Investment Manager, Surphrat 
Investments 

John S. Oyier, B.A., J.D. 

Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC 

Thomas E. Philips, B.A., M.B.A. 

Retired Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch & Co. 

Lynn G. Phillips '68, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. 

Retired Chief Administration Officer and Director, Aresty 
Institute of Executive Education, Wharton School of the 
University of Pennsylvania 

George M. Reider Jr. '63, B.S. 

Former Insurance Commissioner, Retired, State of Con- 
necticut and Retired Professor, University of Connecticut 
and Fordham University of Law 

Stephen H. Roberts '65, B.S. 

President, Echo Data Group 

Elliott Robinson, B.S. 

Vice President, Administration, Milton Hershey School 

Elyse Rogers 76, B.A., J.D. 

Partner, Keefer Wood Allen & Rahal, LLP 

Frank R. Sourbeer 72, B.A. 

President & Chief Executive Officer, Wilsbach Distributors, Inc. 

Alan A. Symonette, B.A., J.D. 

Arbitrator, National Arbitrator Center 

Elizabeth R. Unger 72, B.S., M.D., Ph.D. 

Anatomical Pathologist and Research Team Leader, 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 



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Scott N. Walck, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 

Professor of Physics, LVC 

Albertine P. Washington, H'97, B.A., P.D. 

Retired Educator, Lebanon School District 

Samuel A. Willman '67, B.S., M.Com. 

President, Delta Packaging, Inc. 

Harry B. Yost '62, B.S., J.D., LL.M. 
Senior Partner, Appel & Yost, LLP 

KristenE.Uhas'10 

Student Trustee, LVC 



Emeriti 

Raymond H. Carr, Ph.B., LL.B. 

Realtor, Commercial and Industrial Developer 

Ross W. Fasick '55, H'03, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., LH.D. 

Retired Senior Vice President, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. 

Eugene C. Fish H'82, B.S., J.D., L.H.D. 

Chairman and President, Peerless Industries, Inc.; Chairman 
of the Board, Eastern Foundry Company; Managing 
Partner, Romeika, Fish and Scheckter 

Eugene R. Geesey '56, B.S. 

Retired, Owner/President, CIB Inc. 

*Darwin G. Glick '58, B.S., H'09 

Retired President, Glick, Stanilia and Siegel, C.P.A. 

Martin L Gluntz '53, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 

Retired Vice President, Technical Services, Hershey 
International Division, Hershey Foods Corporation 

Elaine G. Hackman '52, B.A. 

Retired Business Executive 

The Rev. Gerald D. Kauffman '44, H'65, A.B., B.D., D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Officer of the 
Courts, County of Cumberland; Pastor Emeritus, Grace 
United Methodist Church, Carlisle 

Kenneth H. Plummer 

Retired President, E.D. Plummer Sons, Inc. 

Thomas C. Reinhart '58, H'97, B.S., LH.D. 

Retired Owner/President, T.C.R. Packaging, Inc. 

Bruce R. Rismiller '59, B.A., M.S. 

Retired Executive Vice President, Northwest Airlines 

F. Allen Rutherford Jr. '37, H'85, B.S., LLD. 

Retired Principal, Arthur Young and Company 

The Rev. Daniel L. Shearer '38, H'65, A.B., M.S.T., S.T.M., D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church 



Morton Spector H'02 

Design House Kitchens and Appliances, LLC 

Elizabeth K. Weisburger '44, H'89, B.S., Ph.D., D.Sci. 

Retired Chief of Carcinogen Metabolism and Toxicology 
Branch, National Cancer Institute 

Harlan R. Wengert, B.S., M.B.A., D.Sci. 

Retired Chairman of the Board, Wengert's Dairy, Inc. 

*E.D. Williams Jr. H'88 

Private investor 

The Rev. J. Dennis Williams, H'90, B A, M.Div., D.Min., 
D.D., H.D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Former District 
Superintendent and Dean of Cabinet of the Eastern 
Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church 



Honorary 

Suzanne H. Arnold H'96 

Community Leader and Philanthropist 

F. Obai Kabia '73, P'99, P'OO, P'02, B.S., M.P.A. 

Political Affairs Officer, United Nations 

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson '75, B.A., M.Div., D.Min 

Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of The United Methodist 
Church 

Bishop Jane Allen Mtddleton, B.A., M.Dtv. 

Bishop of the Central PA Conference of The United Methodist 
Church 

*Deceased 



Editors:Tom Hanrahan, D.Ed., Kelly Alsedek, Lauren Baran '12, 
D'14, Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97, Marianne Clay, 
Meghan Johnson, Christine Brandt Little, Cindy Progin '04, 
Emily Whitmoyer, and Anita Williams 

Writers: Natalie Hope McDonald '97 and Tom Hanrahan, D.Ed. 

Designer: Tom Castanzo, Afire Creative Group 

Portrait Photography: Dennis Crews and David Aaron Troy 
Additional Photography: John Buettner, Michael Crabb, 
Adam Gilson, Michael Gunselman, Matt Oleyniczak'09, 
Doug Plummer, and Brandon Seidl 




| PRESIDENT'S REPORT 27 



Statement of Activities 

For year ended June 30 






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2010 


2009 


Educational and General: 






Tuition and Fees (net of institutional 






financial aid) 


$29,800,324 


$29,335,631 


Government Grants 


2,519,609 


2,056,309 


Gifts and Private Grants 


2,065,783 


2,890,152 


Endowment / Investment Income 


901,986 


1,206,242 


Auxiliary Enterprises 


12,526,329 


12,059,597 


Interest on Loans 


7,058 


5,525 


Gains on Property and Investments, Net 


4,613,089 


(7,246,430) 


Total Revenue and Other Additions 


$52,434,178 


$40,307,026 



EXPENDITURES AND OTHER DEDUCTIONS 








2010 


2009 


Educational and General: 






Instruction 


$14,807,106 


$14,274,614 


Academic Support 


2,944,912 


2,892,543 


Student Services 


7,157,372 


6,353,913 


Public Services 


616,928 


566,804 


Operation and Maintenance of Plant 


4,531,359 


4,157,032 


General Institution 


7,215,998 


7,184,940 


Student Aid (government) 


1,718,218 


904,207 


Auxiliary Enterprises 


8,664,943 


7,931,288 


Total Expenditures and Other Deductions 


$47,656,836 


$44,265,341 


Change in Net Assets 


4,777,342 


(3,958,315) 


Net Assets Beginning of Year 


$101,141,395 


$105,099,710 


Net Assets End of Year 


$105,918,737 


$101,141,395 



Source: 2009-10 audited financial statements, ParenteBeard, LLC 



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